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School board approves purchase of two buses

The Ellsworth School Board approved the purchase of two new buses Monday.

Superintendent Dan Kaler told board members the district had a chance to lease buses with an option to purchase, but buying the buses outright was his recommendation.

By acting now, the district can get the pair for $68,592, a savings of $1,000, Kaler said, crediting Transportation Supervisor Denny Langer for his efforts in researching availabilities and prices. Moreover, the buses can be obtained before a new emissions equipment requirement goes into effect, which could raise the cost by up to $10,000. Buying in advance of the requirement will give the local schools an opportunity to not get involved with the equipment before any "bugs" are worked out of it, the superintendent added.

"Our fund balance is projected to increase this year, so it just wouldn't increase as much," he said about payment arrangements for the purchase.

The two new buses will replace current ones in the local fleet that are 15- and 13-years-old, respectively, and aging beyond possible repair by the schools' mechanics, he said.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Nov. 14.